Who We Are
We are a national collaboration of practitioners, researchers, educators, policy makers, funders, and community organisations who share a commitment to provide better care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Each member of the consortium has significant experience in educational research praxis and in embedding and monitoring the quality of Indigenous Health and cultural safety education and training. Members of the consortium collectively hold track records in undertaking research projects that have led to health workforce and systems reform and our intention through this Consortium is to create collaborative change or change in the ways we conduct research together.
Muliyan is both research arm of CATSINaM and a community of research praxis or community of independent academics/educational researchers working in Nursing and Midwifery education and training. Not all members are nurses and midwives but all members are affiliated or aligned with the values, principles and goals of CATSINaM and Indigenist and decolonising Research.
The Consortium is a semi-independent entity and evolving research network hosted by CATSINaM. The establishment of the Consortium has been partly supported by a grant from the Lowitja Institute to grow excellence in Indigenous health and cultural safety training and education for nurses and midwives. The Consortium have been gifted a language name ‘Muliyan’ which means eagle in Ngunnuwal language. This name was gifted following discussions with Ngunnwual Elders and the process we undertook as a collective to identify the symbols and images that represent who we are and what we our aspirations are (see the Indigenist Health and Cultural Safety Education Research Consortium: Decolonising Nursing and Midwifery Gathering Report for more details).
Muliyan -The Eagles Eye View
The origins of the name we’ve chosen for our Consortium lie in a place and a time when we gathered around a fire that continues to burn in Ngunnuwal and other First Nations Countries. This fire is a significant, sacred and living symbol and metaphor for First Nations peoples.
The origins of the word gifted to us by Ngunnuwal Elders to use in our shared work, lie in Ngunnuwal Country and language where the Aboriginal Tent Embassy fire still burns. Muliyan is a Ngunnuwal word for Eagle as Uncle Kevin explained. It refers to a significant story for the region around Canberra and for us the more strategic eagles eye view we seek in our quest to grow wise practice and evidence based policy and standards in Indigenous nursing and midwifery. The way we name ourselves is reflected in the logo that represents our shared vision.